Our Board of Directors

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We are proud to have such an enthusiastic Board of Directors dedicated to our cause.

Dr Jacquie Rand, BVSc, DVSc, MANZCVS, Dip. ACVIM (Int. Medicine)
Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland

Dr Jacquie Rand is an animal lover and long-time pet owner. She graduated from Melbourne University’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program in 1975, and worked in veterinary practice for 8 years. She then spent 4 years doing a combined residency and doctorate program at the Ontario Veterinary College, Canada, followed by 3 years as a senior clinician at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr Rand is a registered specialist in small animal internal medicine in Australia, and a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. In 1990 she returned to Australia to take up a senior academic position at the University of Queensland, and was appointed Professor of Companion Animal Health in 2001.

Dr Rand has been actively researching cat and dog nutrition and diabetes for more than 20 years, authoring over 100 journal articles, 115 abstracts, and 42 book chapters in international texts. She is the editor and major author of three books published by Elsevier and Wiley-Blackwell.

Key contributions include reducing the percentage of diabetic cats requiring life-long insulin administration from 85% to less than 10% through treatment with a long-acting insulin analogue and an ultra-low carbohydrate diet. These research findings have been implemented world-wide, and are the greatest single advance in management of feline diabetes in over 25 years.

Dr Rand’s research is aimed at improving the health and welfare of companion animals, and increasing the contribution they make to our lives. Currently, she is also involved in research programs in shelter medicine aimed at preventing unwanted and problem pets.

There is no relationship between the University of Queensland and APWF. APWF is a separate Not for Profit organisation working to improve the health and welfare of companion animals.

Frank Terranova,  B.Com, FCA, CFTP

Mr Frank Terranova is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has extensive global experience in corporate finance and risk management. He is a pet lover, and is a strong advocate of the power of evidence-based strategies to reduce the number of adoptable dogs and cats being euthanased in shelters and council pounds.

Frank has excelled at positioning companies for sustainable growth by applying strict capital management disciplines as well as introducing corporate governance improvement initiatives to ensure the transition from current state to the next phase of their corporate evolution is achieved.

Mr Terranova has held senior executive roles with companies in the mining, agricultural and manufacturing sectors. He is currently Managing Director and CEO of emerging company Southern Cross Goldfields Limited and was previously the Managing Director and CEO of Allied Gold Mining PLC which was taken over in 2012, culminating a growth from $80M to in excess of $550M over a four years.

A substantial period of time over this period included operating in developing countries within the Pacific Rim where substantial development programs involving partnering with local communities was successfully undertaken in the areas of health and employment training.

Prior to that he was Chief Financial Officer of Queensland Cotton at the time the company was successfully acquired by Olam Limited in 2007. He currently sits on other Boards of public and private emerging companies assisting management with strategy development and corporate financing initiatives.

A resident of Brisbane, Australia Mr Terranova is committed to ensuring companies he is involved with realise their potential in a timely and sustainable manner.

Gina Vereker B.Arts(Geog/English), D.URP, Cert. BM, MAIM, MAICD 

Gina Vereker has had an extensive career within the public sector focusing on leadership and management roles within local government. A town planner by profession, Gina has held executive director positions with a number of local government authorities in NSW, the most recent being Wyong Shire, the 10thlargest council in Australia, where she was responsible for 150 staff, a capital works budget of $55 million and annual operational expenditure of $30 million.

During her public sector career, Gina was the first woman to be appointed to an executive director position to Bellingen Shire Council, Coffs Harbour City Council and Wyong Shire Council. Her accountabilities in each of these roles included oversight of the Companion Animal Pound in each local government area during a period spanning 13 years. This first-hand experience led Gina to develop a determination to make a practical contribution to reducing the number of adoptable companion animals needlessly euthanized in council pounds.

During her time as executive director with Wyong Shire Council, Gina implemented transformational change to the local Pound resulting in a reduction in the euthanasia rate from an average 50% to 93% of all animals being saved, with such change being delivered within a 3 year period.

Gina has a strong professional and personal commitment to animal welfare and a great love for all types and breeds of animals. To date she and her husband have adopted 3 dogs via animal rescue groups and rescued 3 stray cats.

Gina is currently the director and principal of planning consultancy, Big Dog Planning. Big Dog Planning is named after Gina’s Great Dane “Othello”. Othello was rescued from the Brisbane RSPCA 4 years ago.

Gina brings to the Board her practical professional knowledge of the management and enhancement of Companion Animal facilities, her understanding of applicable legislation and her experience in the implementation of successful initiatives to reduce euthanasia statistics. She also specialises in strategic planning, policy development, governance and advocacy, particularly with state and local governments.